Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Sierra Slam

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Ladd Nolan (above) and his best friend Matt showing off two of the many sierra they caught whie fly fishing in Baja Mexico with The Reel Baja

Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
64 – 67  Inshore
61 – 68  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 48
High – 79

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for February 7th  – February 14th 2011.

Hi folks,

It seems the cold snap we experienced here in Baja last week has passed.  Our temperatures have returned to normal for us living South of the border.  The over night lows here in the East Cape have been in high 40’s to low 50’s with our day time high’s around 78 degrees.  Over in Cabo San Lucas these temperatures have been slightly warmer.

Over here on the East Cape side we continued to see wind from the North but it was not as strong or consistent as we have seen in weeks past.  We experienced wind for most of the week but starting last Friday the wind backed off giving us a wonderful calm and warm weekend.  The nice weather continues today but it is forecast to become windy once again over the next couple of days.

Fly fishing here in the East Cape remains average for this time of year.  Although the fly fishing is not “wide open” we continue to see early morning action for sierra, lady fish, and a few small jacks.  We also continue to see good action off shore for yellow tail, white bonita, and a few snapper.

Along the beaches here in the East Cape, when the wind allows, we have a lot of small bait that include, half beaks and ballyhoo, as well as a few scattered sardina.  The bait is getting harassed very early by the sierra and lady fish that are patrolling the beaches.  I was out over the weekend and did not see any rooster fish but I did encounter a few schools of larger jacks that were not interested in what I had to offer.  I believe that was due to the fact they were schooled up and showing signs of spawning.  We should continue to see more jacks and eventually rooster fish in the area as the water warms and the spring spawn begins.

I spent two days last week fishing out of Cabo San Lucas with my client Ladd Nolin.  Ladd lives in Alaska and needed a small break from the harsh Alaska winter.  Ladd and I had a great couple of days.  We experienced good fishing inshore for sierra and small rooster fish.  Just like over here in the East Cape we located a few large schools of jacks out of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side but they were also spawning and not interested in our offerings.

I will be leaving on Wednesday for California to attend The Fly Fishing Show.  We will be on location at the show in Pasadena on Feb. 19th and 20th.  The next week we will be further North at the show in Pleasanton Feb. 25th, 26th, and 27th.  If you are attending either of these shows please stop by our booth and say hello as we would love to swap fly fishing stories.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!!     

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Yellow Tail Arrive In Baja

Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
67 – 70  Inshore
68 – 71  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 51
High – 73

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for January 25th  – February 1st. 2011.

Hi Folks,

This past week it was cool here in Baja.  We had clouds move in early in the week giving us slightly cooler temperatures.  We also experienced wind from the North for most of the week.  We did have one day the winds calmed and the clouds moved out giving us flat seas, warmer temperatures, and the boats a chance to get out and fish.  The window of opportunity was very short.  We are currently experiencing another strong blow from the North.  This current blow is keeping the boats from going out as well as all of  us that live here bundled up in jackets and sweaters. 

On the fishing front, when the boats have had a chance to get out, the action has been pretty good over all.  We currently have some good fishing for Yellow Tail on the bank  located in front of Rancho Leonero.  We are also seeing a few Yellow Tail off of the slides.  Most of the fish have been “fire cracker” size but I have seen a few come in that have weighed between 30 – 40 pounds. 

We also currently have a fair number of White Bonita in our waters here in the East Cape.  These fish pull very hard and are a blast to catch.  Most of the Bonita have been around ten pounds on the average.  You hook one of these fish on a 9wt. rod and it is a blast.

Closer to shore, we continue to see Sierra providing the main action.  It has been tough to locate these fish this week as the wind seems to scatter them through the bay.  If you are looking for Sierra over here on the East Cape side, one needs to be up and out very early as that is when we are seeing the best action.  As the wind comes up, the action quickly shuts off as well as driving us off the water.

I spent a couple of days fishing out of Cabo San Lucas this past week.  I fished with my client and friend John Walker.  The fishing over on the Pacific side has been much of the same as we are experienceing here in the East Cape.  Inshore consisted of Sierra along with a few small Rooster fish.  The fish were very spread out.  It took us a lot of searching to find the fish but once we did the action was good.  We found the Sierra both on the Pacific side as well as on the Sea of Cortez down near Palmilla.  We found scattered Rooster fish on the Pacific side in the area of the light house.  The Rooster fish action tapered off as we got about five miles North of the light house. 

As most of you in the United States are experiencing some of the worst winter weather you have seen in quite some time, those of us in Baja are out fly fishing, running around in shorts, and drinking cold cervezas.  If this sounds good to you why don’t you give yourself some “winter relief” and come spend a few days fly fishing with us in Baja. 

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!!